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  1. #1
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
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    Mina Kansas

    Looks like a great place to hunt if permission is granted

    Mina, a hamlet of Marshall county, is located in St. Bridget township, on the Missouri Pacific R. R., 20 miles northeast of Marysville, the county seat, and 6 miles from Summerfield. It has an express office and postoffice. The population in 1910 was 38.

    After the railroad tracks were laid in 1887, a town was platted six miles south of Summerfield, where J. R. Sittler had built a warehouse in 1888 and bought grain.

    A year later W. G. Wooley and Newman Erb laid out a town and named it Mina, for the wife of Sittler.

    In 1894, farmers built a blacksmith shop and the horses were shod and wagons repaired by Albert Craig, the blacksmith.

    Women's Lib was instituted early in the life of Mina where Miss Maggie lbert was the telegraph operator, and then postmaster following Rouse.

    A wheel spoke design over the front door of the Christian Church, dedicated June 16, 1895, was the symbol that drew attention from a similar white boxlike structure, the Mina school that stood next door.
    The McAtee home was second door to the general store, which was erected in 1890 by A. C. Axtell, after the construction of the passenger station, built in 1889.

    During the heyday of farmer's cooperatives in the early half of the century, the Farmers Union operated the store with James Stirrat as store manager and B. C. Graham, overseer.
    But as the railroad failed to survive, the town died and the brick depot was sold to Joe Holsan, Summerfield, who razed it,
    As one who was born in the village and attended school and Sunday school there, the sentimental ties were bound to the memories of the building and McAtee purchased the schoolhouse and moved it to a farm one-half mile south of the site.

    The town site returned to the land and Pat Reilly, Topeka, became the owner until 1972 when he sold it to Clarence and David Brown.

    For 12 years Loyal McAtee farmed the land. As he plowed the town site, his memory returned to childhood days when he watched the arrival of the Kansas City and Northwestern train - the railroad which birthed the town and aborted it.

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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    Aug 2006
    Middle of Kansas
    212 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Mina Kansas

    I had to get my map out on that one. Looks like a place called Summit Station about 7 mi south of Summerfield. There is a road called Hideaway just south of there, Hmmmm

    So many places, so little time

    Thanks for posting

  3. #3

    Oct 2005
    middle america
    2 times

    Re: Mina Kansas

    Nice post Gypsy. Most of the railroad towns in my part of the world are now wheat fields, also. Eric
    Support your local fire fighters.

  4. #4
    Aug 2006
    Middle of Kansas
    212 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Mina Kansas

    Are you going to try to detect this site? You could spend the summer detecting your way south to Caldwell.

  5. #5

    Aug 2012
    Auburn Kansas
    Whites DFX x 2, XLT, SL 90, Tesoro Vaquero.
    372 times
    Metal Detecting
    The last time I visited Mina all that was left was a marker indicating the town site. It's all farmland and CRP grass. Nice place to visit.
    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
    USAF Retired.



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